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this is bbc america. and now, live from london, "bbc world news". >> hello. live from pretoria at the trial of the olympic and paralympic champion oscar pistorius accused of murdering his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. >> how do you plead? >> not guilty, my lady. >> hello. i'm geeta guru-murthy with "bbc world news". russia tightens its military
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control of the crimea region despite diplomatic pressure to end its intervention. "12 years a slave" won best film while "gravity" picked up seven. hello and welcome to "bbc world news". we're going to go live to my colleague in pretoria now for the latest on the trial of oscar pistorius, which has just broken up for lunch. let's find out what's been happening in the last hour or so. karen? >> reporter: well, h i
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pretoria it is raining and raining. people are gathered under umbrellas and shelters like we are. the appetite for this trial is absolutely huge. journalists taking shelter but they have been out hours for oscar pistorius to arrive at court. he did so just before the scheduled opening of the court, 10:00 local time. now, as it happened, there was a problem with the translator. the trial didn't get under way until 11:30 local time. but already we have seen oscar pistorius standing up pleading not guilty. he denied the charges, the four charges he faces in the strongest terms. now we have heard the defense accusing the police of contaminating the crime scene so far this morning. and we have heard one prosecution witness already in the first couple of hours of this trial. the prosecution have called
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witness number 80. michel berger heard blood occurred elling screams she said in the early hours of valentine's day 2013. she was questioned just before the court broke for lunch. this report on the day's events so far. >> reporter: oscar pistorius is escorted into the high court in the heart of pretoria for one of the most high-profile trials to ever take place in this country. hundreds turned out in the drizzle to see the arrival of the double amputee who rose to become a sporting hero and celebrity. there's an encampment of television crews from south africa and around the world. even a television drone made an appearance. relatives of both oscar pistorius and his girlfriend reeva steenkamp present.
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at the start of the trial, he was asked to plead to the central charge of murder as well as firearms charges related to separate occasions. >> did you understand the charges, mr. pistorius? >> i do. i do, my lady. >> how do you plead? >> not guilty. >> reporter: michel berger described how she and her husband heard screams and then shots on the fateful night. >> she screamed terribly and she yelled for help. then i also heard a man screaming for help. three times he yelled for help. >> reporter: if the judge finds him guilty of premeditated murder and does not accept his claim that it was a tragic accident, he could be jailed for at least 25 years.
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>> reporter: well, it is still raining as the court breaks for lunch here for possibly an hour or so. with me is a south african journalist who is following the trial and has been all along. we have been watching the pictures much like everybody around the world. what did you make of oscar pistorius's demeanor? >> well, tense. certainly a whole lot more composed during his bail hearing when he cried uncontrollably. when he was asked of outline four charges he said, yes, my lady. how do you plead? not guilty, my lady, with a firm voice. so that was it. i was very interested that nell, the prosecutor, mentioned, they have nothing but circumstantial evidence. that is why i think they put michel berger on first, the neighbor or near neighbor. she was living in an adjoining
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complex, not even the same complex as oscar. and it is her that is able to say there were screams and gunshots. she actually heard them. i know in the bail hearing they got hold of one of the witnesses and said how far away were you? so there was an issue of distance. now obviously cross-examination is going to be very interesting. but harry nell admitting they have circumstantial evidence, no eyewitnesses. >> what did the defense say before we heard from the first prosecution witness? what did it say about the way this has gone? >> the defense has played their cards close to the chest. the prosecution has come up with everything. and the point number one was did reeva and oscar have a fight on that night?
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that is what they are pointing to here. why did he refuse help from security when they called him. thirdly, did police contaminate the crime scene? that's the only thing they have raised so far. >> after lunch, what do we expect from the afternoon's proceedings? do we think the defense will will cross-examination the prosecution witness or does that wait for another day? >> no, no. the moment the prosecution is finished, the defense will move in. we will see barry rube, if he is as good as people are saying. he doesn't get out of bed for 0 less than 40,000 rapbld a day. we'll see how he tries to pick apart this issue. and if indeed they were blood occurred elling, why go to sleep afterwards? >> we're expecting a very tough
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line of questions. >> the crowd is waiting for this. and the millions watching are going to get full value. >> and the families in the court, we have seen reeva steenkamp's mother wiping around tears. june steenkamp decided to come to this first day. she wanted to face him in the eye. he is facing the same direction as the steenkamp family. it's not that direct contact we may have visualized. >> i don't think there has been direct eye contact. she said that to the british newspaper that she needs to do this, she needs to know if her daughter suffered. there was no indication except the part where they mentioned the blood curdling screams. her husband barry is not there supporting her today. he's apparently unwell. so that drama of oscar having to face her is something we have yet to see.
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let's not forget this michel berger refused to be filmed. we saw -- >> the witness we have heard from, the neighbor? >> we have seen the south african coat of arms and we hear it all in audio. they led the questions in english and she responded, michel did. it was the last of an africans interpreter. they walked into the courtroom, saw the melee, saw the confusion, burst into tears and said, i'm sorry, i can't do this and just backed out. so they had to find somebody else. >> john, thank you very much for summing up what we have seen so far today and what we might be expecting in the forthcoming hours. until the court resumes, it's back to london. karen, thanks very much indeed. we will of course keep you up to date as soon as events begin
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again. they have broken up for lunch. we will return you there. let's move on to our other top stories today and to events first of all, in ukraine. the russian foreign minister says russia has chosen to intervene because the lives of its citizens are under threat. william hague is also in kiev for talks at the moment with the interim government. he described it as the biggest crisis in europe this century. speaking at 5eu news conference, i warned consequence else for russia if it didn't respect ukrainian territory. >> if this situation cannot be resolved, there will have to be other consequences and other costs. and i'm not going to say today what all of those are. we will act in a united way with other nations in the world. the european union meeting today
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will gate some of the things, some of the areas that might be involved, subject to the discussions of my colleagues in brussels. so russia should be no doubt about this. this is something we take very seriously, we have to take very seriously. because if this is -- if this becomes the normal way of behaving in the world, of intruding upon and violating the sovereignty of neighbors, clearly that would be an even bigger crisis in international affairs. >> william hague there. let's go to geneva where the russian foreign minister has been speak. sergei lavrov, what did he have to say? >> reporter: it was interesting, an astonishing really. he had a prepared speech. this was clearly aimed at events in syria. and he said that military intervention usually abnormally
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harmed civilians and that you shouldn't intervene on the pretext of protecting civilians. and then all of a sudden he departed into a very robust, angry defense on russia's actions in ukraine in which he said russia intervened military to protect russian civilians. so, you know, our experience of sergei lavrov in geneva is normally a very clever operator. a clever foreign diplomat. but his speech today was really caught contradictory. not the one he planned to make. obviously changed on the plane coming over here to insert the section in which he was very blunt. it's our business. we need to protect russian civilians in ukraine. >> sit important to understand why ukraine matters so much in russia.
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did he spell out the historical links? >> not so much, no. what he talked about was ultra nationalists, violent extremists. he was referring to some of the protests we have seen in kiev. he talked about overtones of anti-semitism. and he talked about the fact that there are a great many people of ethnic russian origin in ukraine. and he said they felt threatened. their lives were at risk. and therefore it was russia's duty to protect them. and this is why russia had intervenes. and, you know, he also suggested that obviously the russian fleet and the black sea stays in crimea. in terms of geopolitics, no, he wanted to steer clear of that. >> imogene fuchs, thank you for that.
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>> he will ask to refrain from any rhetoric that would further escalate the situation and saying the situation is of the utmost importance to restore calm through dialogue, which is what everyone of course is saying inevitably. well, what are the effects of all of this on on the markets? the ruble has hit an all time low. >> the world is watching these events very, very closely. we always use the expression it's well used, the market hates uncertainty. geopolitical uncertainty spooking the markets. asian markets were lower overnight off the back of the moods over the weekend in the crimea region. down nearly 2%. european markets are trading as we speak. ftse down about 1.5%. main market in germany taking a 2.5% fall.
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paris down 2%. oil prices up. russia taking the main market in russia had fallen 10%. you mentioned the roble at 2%. record lows against the dollar and the euro. on top of that gas, we're looking at gas prices, russia supplies 25% of the gas. half passes through ukraine. what's and corn, can i just get this in, ukraine is one of the major world exporters for wheat and corn. we could see prices go up as well. a bit of global impact going on. >> thanks very much indeed. we will keep you upto date on what's going on. ban ki-moon saying that dialogue must commence now to engage with ukraine constructively and
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through peaceful means. we will get the very latest as it comes in. north korea has test fired two short-range missiles into the sea off the east coast. it's the second time in the past few days this has handled. they flew 500 kilometers and they called it a provacative act >> a number of people involved in a rampage at a railway station. they were armed with machetes and slashed people at random. >> attacks carried out eus limb militant group. 50 were killed and two bomb blasts. many of them were children. stay with us here on "bbc world news". much more to come. at the oscars, best actor and actress for matthew mcconnaughey
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this is "bbc world news". i'm geeta guru-murthy. the top stories. the paralympic athlete oscar pistorius pleaded not guilty to charges of murdering his girlfriend reeva steenkamp as his trial opens in pretoria. diplomatic efforts to calm tensions in ukraine intensify as it is the worst european crisis this century. for more on events in ukraine, bbc's david stern is in kiev for us. david, we have seen the british foreign secretary william hague there. why is he in kiev? we know that the american secretary of state is also on his way. it's a very clear sign of intent, isn't it?
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>> well, yes. the standoff continues on the crimean peninsula. russian troops are apparently in defacto control. and concern and worry and anger is raising here in the capital. mr. hague has come here to express support. he has been meeting with top officials. we have just heard from him at a news conference with the interim prime minister. mr. hague says there will be consequences and costs to the russian's actions. he promises a strong economic and diplomatic reaction from the west. but he has also ruled out military environment. he was the man who said ukraine was on the brink of disaster and this is a red alert situation. he has said that crimea is ukrainian territory. ukraine will not give it up. and ultimately the russian occupation as they refer to it and as the west are referring to it will not stand.
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the question is what exactly this deposit can do. the army obviously is much smaller than the russian army. they have told their troops not to fire the first shot, rather not to give russia a pretext. but they are looking towards the west for support. the question is whether the support that the west does provide will be enough to deescalate this crisis. >> okay. david stern, we'll leave it there. thousands of orthodox jews are in protest over a draft to the army. >> reporter: this is how many of the streets of west jerusalem look right now. traffic has been completely blocked off. thousands of thousands of orthodox jews have come out against government plans to draft more young men from their community into the army. the cabinet already agreed last year it was going to end an
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exemption for the students, the seminaries are orthodox jews study. they would see a quota for the number of orthodox jews entering the military or else doing civilian public service. many believe their religious lifestyle is under attack. >> their lifestyle is waking up in the morning and going to synagogue, going to pray. that's all it is. praying and learning. that's all it is. nothing past that. and doing the commandments. that's it. >> we were brought up in a different way than that. we were brought up in a way that we strictly are our services to god. and we split up into two sections. if you're fit enough you go to the army, you go to the army.
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>> many in israel's secular majority changing the law and ending the exemption is about ending an historic injustice and sharing a social burden. when the state of israel was created in 1948, orthodox jews made up a a tiny percentage of society. now because of their high birth rate they account for 10% of israel's population. now, at the oscars in los angeles, "12 years a slave" has won for best picture. matthew mcconnaughey took best actor for "dallas buyers club." "gravity" was also a big winner. ♪ >> reporter: you can't keep everyone at the oscars happy all the time. but lupita certainly had
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something to dance about. "12 years a slave" was her first feature film. >> steve mcqueen you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. thank you so much for putting me in this position. it has been the joy of my life. >> steve mcqueen's brutal story of slavery was tipped for top honors alongside "gravity." it won seven oscars of all. >> can you take it? i can't get everyone in here. >> this year's host ellen degeneres played it safe and simple. she tweeted a star packed picture that grinded the social network to a halt. cate blanchett won best actress
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for her performance in" blue jasmine". >> thank you so much for casting me. >> leto took the prize for best supporting actor. the oscar for best picture went to "12 years a slave." it's well-known producer made the introductions to the man of the moment. >> i dedicate this a award to all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today. thank you very much. thank you. >> the first black director to win best movie. and what a way to celebrate. bbc news in hollywood. >> fabulous night, obviously. a reminder before we good of our top story. the south african athlete oscar pistorius has pleaded not guilty to murdering his girlfriend at the start of his trial in
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we begin with the trial of oscar pistorius who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his girlfriend. >> do you understand the charges, mr. pistorius? >> i do. i do, my lady. >> how do you plead? >> not guilty, my lady. in other news today, are urb that says the troop buildup is for the protection of its own citizens as diplomatic efforts
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to calm the situation intensify. at the oscars, "12 years a slave" has won three awards, including best drama as "gravity" picked up seven. hello and welcome to pretoria. a republican challengely rainy day outside the high court. this is where the trial of oscar pistorius for murdering his girlfriend reeva steenkamp has gotten under way. 13 months since the 14th of february, 2013 in which he fired four shots into the bathroom of
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his home inside was his girlfriend reeva steenkamp who was just 29. we have been watching the comings and going inside and outside the court thanks to a televised feed granted permission about a judge last week. and we were able to see oscar pistorius come into the court. when he was read out his charges, plead not guilty. >> do you understand the alternative count? >> i do, my lady. >> how do you plead? >> not guilty, my lady. >> there's a second alternative to count three. >> now, there are 107 prosecution witnesses on the list to be called. we don't know if all of them will be called through this trial. but the prosecution chose witness number 80 on the list, a neighbor of oscar pistorius, michel berger. she lived not in the same gated
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community as oscar pistorius but in the one next door. she gave evidence out of vision that she wasn't seen giving in afrikans. >> she screamed terribly and she yelled for help. then i also heard a man screaming for help. three times he yelled for help. i then told my husband it doesn't help him standing on the balcony. he must come back into the room and that we should call the
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security. >> reporter: mrs. berger sounded very distressed at times when she accounted what she had heard. she then the went on to say she had heard the sund of gunfire. >> translator: just after the scream, my lady, i heard four shots. it was four gunshots that i heard. the time between the first and the fourth shot was much longer than between the second and the third one. >> there are four shots. could you give us a demonstration by using "bang." >> translator: bang. bang, bang, bang. >> reporter: well, we expect
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michel berger, that witness there, to be cross-examined by the defense when they get their turn. now let's get some analysis of the trial so far. it's only been going for a couple hours. now it has broken for lunch. a lawyer here in south africa, lucien. what do you make of what you have seen and heard so far? >> it's off to a good start. the main prosecutor has started his case quite well. i think the witness has been very good so far. clear, crisp in her evidence. the fact that she got emotional at one point in time is in fact, true. the proof in the pudding will be when we hear the defense cross-examining. >> we heard the prosecution opening with his announcement of course that the prosecution only have circumstantial evidence to rely on. that's quite a statement. >> well, i think it's important for him to make it clear at this point that they don't have any eyewitness, if you can call it
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that. so a lot of his case is going to be built on all the witnesses and evidence that he has managed to get together to prove his case. >> in terms of the order of the witnesses, using the neighbor, presumably the prosecution think this is one of their strongest. >> i think that's probably why he started with her. he is setting the scene to what actually happened on the night. he will probably use his strategying to prove different points. >> we couldn't see that witness but we could hear everything she could in great clarity. that is quite a development for us to just watch on tv the proceedings. >> well, as a media lawyer, i sent out a tweet out saying this is an amazing development. that's how impressed i was. it's a complete flip-flop from previous judgments where the majority of our constitutional court ruled against full broadcast. so great development.
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>> so you think this will be positive, it will give an open sense of justice for south africa court? >> i think it's great. you know, we've got such a vast country. people will be able to see it's completely transparent. >> lucienpierce, thank you very much. we will be back with you as soon as the proceedings recommence after the break. >> of course we will keep you right up to date on what's happening on that trial. let's move to other news start anything ukraine now. the russian prime minister says russia has chosen to intervene. the foreign secretary william hague is in kiev. he learned of consequences for
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russia if he didn't expect ukrainian territory. >> if this situation cannot be resolved, if they cannot respect the integrity of the ukraine, there will have to be other consequences. i'm not going to say what all of those are. we will act in a united way in other nations in the world. the european union meeting today will indicate some of the things, some of the areas that might be involved subject to the discussions of my colleagues in brussels. so russia should be no doubt about this. well and clearly that would be
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an even bigger crisis in criminal affairs. >> the british foreign secretary there. a while ago the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon ldz he will ask the russian foreign minister to refrain from any acts that would escalate the situation. >> the russian foreign machine sister sergei lavrov in geneva today. i urge that they refrain from any acts that could further escalate the situation and instead to engage constructively and through peaceful means with ukraine. >> ban ki-moon. well, the russian foreign minister of course has been speaking in geneva. imogene fuchs was monstering his speech. >> very interesting. almost astonishing speech in fact. because he had a prepared text to the human rights council. this was clearly aimed at events in syria.
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and he said that military intervention usually abnormally harmed civilians and that you shouldn't intervene military on the pretext of protecting civilians. and then all of a sudden he departed into a very robust almost angry defense of russia's actions in ukraine in which he said russia had intervened militarily to protect russian civilians. so our experience of sergei lavrov in geneva is normally a very clever operator, a clever foreign diplomat. but his speech today was really quite contradictory, not the one he planned to make. obviously changed on the plane coming over here to insert this section in which he was very blunt. hands off. it's our business. we need to protect russian similar yancivilians in geneva.
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>> north korea has fired missile test. officials in the south said they flew more than 500 kilometers and called it a provocative act. ten men and women armed with machetes slashed people at random. >> 89 people were killed on saturday. attacks believed to have been carried out by a islam militant group. many were children. . an attack on a court in islamabad has killed at least 11 people and injuring more than 20. a judge is thought to be amongst the dead. two attackers wear suicide jackets blew themselves up.
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it is not known who carried out the attack. we have the details. >> reporter: there were like two suicide bombers who police say went into this busy time early morning time and they were quite armed with automatic weapons. they had grenades. and they were wearing suicide vests. they initially started firing. then the two grenades on people there. and then finally blew themselves up. it's not clear why this court was particularly targeted, why this area was tattered. but we have seen a couple of years back a similar attack in this premises. but this time the parties are still trying to grapple with why this attack after a day of cease-fi cease-fire. do stay with us on "bbc world news". much more to come.
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this is "bbc world news". i'm geeta guru-murthy with the latest headlines. the paralympic athlete oscar pistorius has pleaded not guilty to charges of murdering his girlfriend reeva steenkamp as his trial gets under way in pretoria. ukraine's acting prime minister says they have no intention of giving crimea away despite russian forces on the peninsula. >> the oscars in los angeles. "12 years a slave" has won for best picture. and matthew mcconnaughey won for
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"dallas buyers club." we have a report from l.a. >> you can't make everyone happy all the time. "12 years a slave" was her first feature film. she won best supporting actress. >> steve mcqueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. thank you so much for putting me in this position. it has been the joy of my life. >> steve mcqueen's brutal story of slavery starring ejiofor was tipped for top honors. "gravity" had seven oscars in all, the biggest haul of the
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night. this year's host ellen degeneres played it safe and simple. she tweeted a star-packed picture that managed to grind the social network to a halt. cate blanchett won best actress in "blue jasmine". >> thank you so much, woody, for casting me. and matthew mcconnaughey for best actor for "dallas buyers club." "12 years a slave" best film. >> one man who brought us all together to tell the story. that is the in dom inable mr. steve mcqueen.
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and what a way to celebrate. bbc news in hollywood. >> the trial of oscar pistorius is under way in pretoria just coming back from the lunch break. he is charged with the murder of his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. we are following the trial there in pretoria. just sum up what we have heard so far. >> reporter: well, this morning we saw oscar pistorius arriving in court with a dark suit, in a dark tie. his expression was normal. he did not look apprehensive like we saw during the bail application where he was sobbing alike. this time he was much more composed. reeva steenkamp's family is there. june steenkamp hoped to look oscar in the eye. but there was no opportunity because when he walked in he
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walked straight ahead. there were 80 journalists inside the court following the proceedings. and he was asked when the charges were read to him if he pleads guilty or not. he said i do understand the charges and he said not guilty, my lord. and he said not guilty, my lady, to the judge. some charges happened a long time ago when he fired a shot in a restaurant, for example. so that's what has happened this morning. then the prosecution called its first witness, a neighbor from oscar pistorius's other estate, neighboring estate who said she was 177 meters away from the house. michel berger said she had heard it.
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>> reporter: there is huge interest in the trial. for example, south africans have seen a new television channel dedicated to the trial. people are following the trial across south africa and across the racial divide. he was a hero across the racial divide. and the trial is expected to last for three weeks. but perhaps with delays here and there it may even flow over to a couple of months. but there's huge interest in the trial nevertheless. now they are about to come back from lunch. we will hear the cross-examination on the witness michel berger in thanks very much indeed. now, thousands of orthodox jews have been on the streets of
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israel protest against government plans the draft them into the army. >> reporter: this is how many of the streets of west jerusalem look right now. traffic has been completely blocked off. thousands of thousands of orthodox jews have come out for a preparer that is also a protest against deposit plans to draft more young men from their community into the army. the cabinet already agreed last year it was going to end an exemption for the students, the seminaries are orthodox jews study. there is proposed legislation that would see a quota for the number of orthodox jews entering the military or else doing civilian public service. many believe their religious lifestyle is under attack. >> their lifestyle is waking up in the morning and going to synagogue, going to pray.
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that's all it is. praying and learning. that's all it is. nothing past that. and doing the commandments. that's the end of it. doing this is not going to be the right thing at all. >> we were brought up in a different way than that. we were brought up in a way that we strictly are our services to god. and we split up into two sections. if you're fit enough you go to the army, you go to the army. if you are fit to serve our god and help the army in that way, that's what we do. >> many in israel's secular majority changing the law and ending the exemption is about ending an historic injustice and sharing a social burden. when the state of israel was created in 1948, orthodox jews made up a a tiny percentage of society. now because of their high birth rate they account for 10% of israel's population.
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to copenhagen next. they have won a significant victory. they have declared that the physical and psychological suffering caused by the sound of building work is unacceptable. >> reporter: for residents living near the model church the sound scape is rarely divine. as workers burrow to build an underground station, decibels levels hover around those determined dangerous by the world health organization. this is the view from the apartment of mia who wears ear protectors. >> i'm very worked about my children. w.h.o. says this will give learning disabilities, concentration difficulties, difficulties of motivation and communication. >> the environmental tribunal
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ruled to properly consult citizens about noise pollution. it has banned night working at the church but round the the clock construction will continue near the homes of neighbors tom, who suffers from depression because of the noise. >> it's incredible in a country like denmark which prizes itself for protecting the human rights and this and that. and they don't do it in their own backyard. i think it is just despicable. >> the construction company needs to work around the clock. it is trying to achieve 30 meters of new tunnel every day. anything less would not be viable. this project is depend epbt on us completing this to a program. and we are at the moment here very, very restricted in being able to achieve that program. >> the new metro line was scheduled to be completed by 2018 at a cost of $3.9 billion
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as part of the integrated transport system of the city crowned the green capital of europe. the tribunals could result in substantial delay and increasing costs. >> you have to make sure the metro is done on time. at the same time, you have to make sure copenhagen is not bothered. that is a complication. you can do one but you can't do both at the same time. >> which is the priority? >> well, for me the the priority is to try to do both. i can see only one solution, resettlement. >> the government wants to solve the problem quickly and set aside $55 million to help thousands of residents move. it proves that exposure to sustained excessive noise is unacceptable. but they are unimpressed with the buyout plan and battle lines remain drawn.
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before we go, remind you of our top story. oscar pistorius has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his girlfriend at the start of his trial in pretoria. these are live pictures from the courtroom that just resumed after lunch. and they have been talking about the fact that some of us don't want to be filmed giving evidence. but the television company asked if they can show pictures of the courtroom but not the witness itself whilst that person is being examined or cross-examined. today so far we have heard from the first witness michel berger who lived on the estate where mr. pistorius worked. she was awoken by screams. she said she heard a female voice screaming terribly and a man screaming for help. she is now being cross-examined, we believe. but this is the first witness of
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